Is FOMO the new YOLO?

An astonishing 56% of social media users suffer from FOMO, also knows as the fear of missing out. You know those friends who annoyingly pick up their phone every time a Tweet, Instagram or Facebook update pushes to their mobile when you’re in the middle of telling them an all-too-compelling story? Yep, that’s FOMO.

Social media is quickly becoming an addiction. A few days away and your inbox, Twitter stream, you name it, really gets overwhelming.

From Mashable:

As technology enables us to stay more connected than ever, the addiction continues to grow. In fact, a new survey conducted by MyLife.com revealed 56% of people are afraid of missing out on events, news and important status updates if they are away from social networks.

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Why I’m Curious

It’s been a source of irritation for many of my friends and family (myself included) when those nearest me are more concerned with their electronic device than the real-life conversation in front of them. Is FOMO going to become a clinical diagnosis, a disease like any other addiction? Can we break the cycle now? If so, how?

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